Doughty, the man that would one day be known to the world as Tex
Axile, was released into the world on July 13, 1965. This date of
course is a lie
concocted during his days in Transvision Vamp. If one assumes that
Tex would have become most interested in the Punk music movement
during his teens years, one might add five to ten years to that
date. Regardless, growing
up in Crawley Sussex, Tex appears to have first become interested
in 1975 when saw his girlfriend's cousin play in a band. Tex was
also school mates with Porl Thompson, who started The Easy Cure
in 1976, who would soon change their name to The Cure and go on
to great notoriety. Tex himelf joined a local band called The Eye.
After being fascinated by
a Brighton band in his local pub, Tex started skipping school and
hitch-hiking to Brighton to see more of the emerging Punk music
scene of the time.
the decision to switch from watching the Punk scene to participating
in it, Tex moved to London in 1977 to begin his own Punk career.
Tex started out by playing bass for a band called Peroxide Romance,
with whom he played about 80 gigs during 1977-1978. Tex then joined
the short lived band, The Moors Murderers. Again he played bass,
although this time he was joined on guitar by Chrissie Hynde, who
of course later became legendary in The Pretenders, and Topper Headon,
who was borrowed from The Clash.
Tex claims to
have next joined The Sniveling Shits, who released one single, before
becoming a part of X-Ray-Spex just as that band was beginning to
fall apart. Tex took over as lead vocalist for 1978-1979 until the
band further splintered, Tex's part calling themselves Agent Orange.
brought Tex to his most memorable and enjoyable band experience
yet. He became the lead singer for a very successful and energetic
band called The Outpatients. Their show started
with Tex being carried onto the stage nailed into a coffin, where
he would remain while singing the opening song. The Outpatients
employed all sorts of amusing props during their gigs, and Tex's
well known on-stage antics seem to have been born here. The band
played all the hot spots of the time, and had concerts in conjunction
with all sorts of well known bands including The Police, U2, Ultravox,
Wire, XTC and The Psychedelic Furs. Tex seems to have surged alive
with his performances with The Outpatients. From the words on texaxile.com,
"They were way ahead of their time and should have been huge,
Alas they fell apart in 1982."
Tex was lead singer for R.V.K. Quite the contrast to his previous
effort, this band was more like Genesis or Yes. Tex apparently thought
the music was terrible, but enjoyed the fringe benefits of playing
to upperclass solcialites.
this experience, Tex went solo for three years, releasing some fantastically
immaginative and artistically insightful work under the name Qxx.
His first album, titled "The Silence Of The Big Space,"
is a unique work of art. Tex arranged the blank sleeves of the 1000
album copies on a warehouse floor and proceeded to create one giant
painting, each sleeve becoming 1/1000th of the giant undertaking.
Going one step further, Tex released a single from that album with
the ultimate throw away b-side - a series of pictures were actually
engraved into the backside of the vinyl.
solo period, Tex also produced a series of sculptures that were
an amazing combination music and art. Entitled "Music---Seen but
not heard", each piece comprised of 250 cassettes super-glued together
to form a sculpture. During the various exhibitions around the world,
the sculpture would be set on fire while the master tape of the
recording, which contained about 20 minutes of music, passed through
the tape recorder and instead of winding onto the second reel, would
also be fed in to the burning sculpture. Along with music, Tex also
emersed himself in painting, and completed a large amount of pieces,
exhibiting in galleries around London, Paris and New York.
In 1986, Tex
had a flat in London. Right next door, a couple had moved in to
begin recording an album. They were a lovely blonde singer named
Wendy James, and a plucky upstart guitarist/songwriter named Nick
Sayer, and they had just been signed to MCA. They were Transvision
Vamp! Tex of course was neighborly, and when Wendy and Nick
mentioned they were in need of a drummer, Tex volunteered. He did
let them know he'd rather play keyboards, and that they'd have to
get a good drummer if they were ever going to play live!
:) They also met Dave Parsons between their flats and the local
pub, who joined the band on bass. Tex played drums and keyboards
while recording Transvision Vamp's debut album "Pop
course Transvision Vamp was soon a success and began playing
exciting live shows, to which Tex brought a huge amount of enthusiastic
energy. Tex played keyboards and took care of the complex sequencer
during concerts, leaving drums to Pol Burton at first, and later
Martin Hallet (Mallett). Tex even played the guitar during "Andy
Warhol Is Dead" on the Pop Art tour, and sang the male vocal
parts during "Velveteen" on the tour of the same name.
Tex certainly enjoyed recording the three immensely successful Transvision
Vamp albums, and touring the world in support of them over
the period of time between 1986 and 1992. Tex even had a part in
a movie in 1990. He played a barkeep in "I
Hired A Contract Killer."
After the conclusion
of Transvision Vamp, Tex went on to play keyboards in the band Max.
They recorded an album together, and Tex enjoyed his time with Max,
but the band was dropped by the label and broke up in 1994. Tex
has been doing solo work ever since.
1998 Tex released his album "Diary of A Genius", which
he wrote, produced, did all the artwork, photography, instruments
and vocals on. It is a fantastically diverse album, which shows
the talents of a musician who knows how to do it all after "being
there and doing that." In 2000, Tex followed up with "Little
Monsters", another extremely dynamic and enjoyable collection
of music, once again completing the album from top to bottom. You
may listen to a track from each album here
at mp3.com. I've got both of these albums and have them on regular
rotation, so recommend them to you. Several of the tracks from these
albums did circulate on college radio stations. Tex
lived in New York during this time period, appeared on the Howard
Stern radio show, as well as becoming co-owner for a bar named Little
Nell's. Tex also continued his love of photography, painting, writing
poetry, and travelling the world.
the past several years, Tex has been concentrating on a documentary
film entitled "Color White." The film follows female ski
racers through the 2000 season, 2001 World Championships, and ultimately
to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tex has owns
a house in the Pyrenees Mountains in Southern France to which he
moved to full time in 2001.
Most of this
information was summarized with permission from Tex's own website.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you go visit his site for the entire story as
it is so facinating. www.texaxile.com
me by email when his website first came out and WATV was in a very
early incarnation. We have had many enjoyable writings over the
years since then, on a fairly consistant basis (never enough in
my opinion, but I hate to bug him so!) When Tex called me on the
phone back then, I was starstruck and dumbfounded, probably sounded
like an idiot, but Tex was very kind, funny, and helpful. Following
is a peek into his warped cranium through a silly mini-questionaire
I asked him during that phone call. THANKS FOR THE MUSIC AND MEMORIES